Situated about 20 minutes’ drive north of Montalcino close to Montesoli, the Valdicava estate was purchased by the current owner Vincenzo Abbruzzese’s grandfather in 1953. Brunello has been made here since 1968. The property is extremely well situated between Val di Suga and Capazzo in the Montalcino foothills and comprises 27 hectares of vines planted in a mix of sand, clay and galestro soils at about 330 meters altitude.
About 40,000 bottles of the regular Brunello are made from various parcels. There is also a Madonna del Piano Riserva bottling from a specific site of old vines which is made in the best years.
Valdicava is a perfectionist estate founded on careful research with no expense or effort spared to improve quality both in the vineyard and the cellar.
The Brunello ages two years in large Slavonian oaks and two further years in bottle. The wine typically shows a rich, full bodied and opulent style but with refinement and distinction.
4 Nov 2021 â€“ Intense aromas of flowers and dark cherries. Perfumed and bright for the vintage. Full-bodied and firm with chewy yet polished tannins and a succulent and fruity finish that is in line and framed. Give it two or three years to soften. Try after 2023.
The Valdicava 2017 Brunello di Montalcino shows a soft level of vintage ripeness that translates into dried strawberry or cooked cherry. These nuances are delicate and fine however and they are mitigated by the wine's acidity and the general clarity of the bouquet. Compared to past vintages this 2017 is more accessible but Valdicava has never been short on elegance or pedigree. Even that accessibility I mention is relative because these wines have an excellent track record for longevity despite vintage variation.
The 2017 Brunello di Montalcino is a perfect example of how unique this vintage really is. This is remarkably pretty and inviting with a brilliant display of sugar-dusted cherries dried strawberries and crushed lavender candies. Its medium-bodied framework carries silky textures across the palate in an expression that is both delicate yet potent savory yet sweet and with outstanding purity of fruit. Rounded tannins linger creating a lightly structured feel as rosy inner florals combine with sour citrus and notes of licorice that linger incredibly long. This is unlike any vintage of Valdicava that I?ve ever tasted and yet I can?t help but come back to the glass over and over again. Only 800 cases of the 2017 Brunello were produced which is mostly fruit from Madonna del Piano and Montosoli. Don?t miss it. -- Eric Guidojs